Sol Cayo Largo is the best hotel on Cayo Largo island yet it is far from deserving 5 or 4 stars. The pluses are, first of all it's location. There is a very nice beach in front of the hotel complex and it's an hour walk to Playa Paraiso and one and a half hours of walk to Playa Sirena, two major beaches used by all of the hotels on the island. They have shuttles to those beaches, but we walked most of the time because it was a wonderful walk in the untouched, all natural part of the island. The sand of Cayo Largo never gets hot, so it's always a pleasure no matter what time of the day. Playa Paraiso is a smaller beach area, and has no shower and toilet -quite hard to understand how a place which calls itself "a beach" and sells food and drinks does not have a toilet and shower!- but has a wonderful sea. Playa Sirena has much more comfort but also has much more of a crowd too!
One of the minuses about the hotel and the beach organization is, although your lunch is included and although these beaches are used only by the all inclusive hotels guests, you have to pay extra if you eat there! The hotel gives you picnic boxes on demand, but the so called sandwich in the box is simply inedible! So you either pay extra and eat in the beach restaurants or rush back to the hotel in the middle of the day.
About the food in the hotel... well, we all know Cuba has so many financial problems and food is not abundant there. But, what needs to be improved is the quality of the meals not the variety. You don't have to have 10 different rice dishes, but you have to cook the ones you have properly. There was never salad greens in the salad buffet, that's understandable, but then one morning the green leafs were part of the breakfast buffet! Who eats green salads for breakfast? The cake section was full of cakes in different shapes but the same taste. And then one night they placed a huge pile of slivered nuts near the fish salads. It would be much better if those nuts were used in the cakes! There are so many strange combinations like this and it seems that the hotel cuisine needs a serious consultancy.
In the bar, non of the international drinks were "included". All you can have those cocktails which is basically a little Rom and lots of sugary somethings! If it is called all inclusive, it should be. I'd rather pay a few boxes more at the beginning than checking all the time for what is included and what is not.
The last two minuses are for the poor internet connection and the empty pool. Yes, there is an empty pool! I don't know if it was a swimming pool or not, but it is a big one and looks sooooo ugly in the middle of the garden.
The pluses are -other than the nature- all to the stuff. From the waiters to the cleaning ladies, from the front desk to the bartenders everybody works hard, always with a smiling face. All of the stuff does everything to please you and they are all very pleasant themselves.
The rooms are always clean, although a bit old. There is no use in paying extra for the oceanfront since there are dunes between the hotel and the ocean, only upper floors see the ocean from a distance. Poolside rooms -especially upper floors are much more pleasant. Indeed, that would be wonderful if they made a huge pool between the dunes and the hotel buildings! That area looks bare and boring.
All in all, it is an attractive place with it's nature and stuff, but needs to be improved in many aspects.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Cayo Largo del Sur, in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. All Inclusive Four-Star resort with 296 rooms. Ideal for enjoying its pristine environment and for exploring its idyllic landscape and crystal-clear ocean bottom. The resort faces 600 meters of beach renowned for its perennially cool white-sand. Recommended for couples, weddings, honeymoons and groups.Guest Rooms296 rooms: 244 Standard, 34 Standard Ocean View, 10 Standard Superior Ocean View, 8 Junior SuiteDining3 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet, A la carte and mini-buffet), 1 Cafeterias, 3 Bars ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Cayo Largo Hotel Cayo Largo
- Sol Hotel Cayo Largo
- Cayo Largo Cuba
- Cayo Largo Sol Hotel
- Sol Club Cayo Largo